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Maryland to phase in manure restrictions without delay

Agriculture secretary says state will work with farmers, poultry industry to deal with problems foreseen by study.


January 2, 2020
By Bay Journal

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Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder declared on Dec. 23, 2019 that he saw no need to delay a state regulation that restricts the use of animal manure to fertilize farm fields, despite a study warning there are likely to be problems dealing with the excess manure that is expected to result.

A state department advisory committee — which included representatives of the poultry industry, farmers, municipalities and environmentalists — had voted Dec. 13 to recommend against a one-year delay in the restrictions to be imposed in the coming year on more than 1,300 farms in the state. | READ MORE